Labelling Requirements for Chocolate and Cocoa Products
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Chocolate Coated Candy Bars
Candies and candy bars coated with chocolate or milk chocolate should not be called "chocolate candies" or "chocolate bars", but can be named "chocolate coated candies" or "chocolate coated bars", as applicable. Only a solid chocolate candy, bar, etc., can be labelled "Chocolate Candy" or "Chocolate Bar".
Chocolate Flavoured Coatings
It is not permitted to describe a product, such as a cake, as being covered with a "chocolate coating", when the coating does not meet the standards for chocolate, since the coating is likely to be mistaken for real chocolate but does not comply with the standards for chocolate, sweet chocolate, or milk chocolate. The coating could be called "chocolate flavoured coating", "chocolaty coating", etc. [B.04.004, B.04.008, B.04.009, Food and Drug Regulations]
The unqualified term "chocolate" may only be used when the chocolate portion (e.g., coating, chips, chunks, or the entire food) is not likely to be mistaken for real chocolate. To illustrate, (chocolate) icing or frosting on a cake is not usually mistaken for real chocolate as its texture differs from that of real chocolate. It may be called "chocolate frosting". However, a garnish of (chocolate) shavings on top of the icing might look like real shaved chocolate. If a description such as "with chocolate shavings" is used on the label, the shavings must be real chocolate.
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